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What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« on: May 09, 2020, 01:01:17 PM »

I haven't been keeping track until recently. For me, it's 27 mph (sustained) about two weeks ago. Light rain, very heavy wind.

I remember standing outside during Hurricane Jose 2 1/2 years ago, but I was on the edge, and it was only 21 mph where I was.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2020, 01:21:35 PM »

By far Hurricane Bob when it hit New England in 1991.  I was in western Connecticut at the time and fairly far north of the coast of Long Island Sounds.  I seem to remember the news stations throwing out 80 MPH sustained gusts for the Danbury Area.  Definitely topped over 50 MPH numerous times during dust storms and tropical depressions elsewhere. 
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2020, 01:59:55 PM »

Mount Washington, NH, back in either 2011 or 2012. I don't recall the wind speed, but standing up was difficult. Had to have been a good 30 or 40 mph.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2020, 02:40:41 PM »

Can't remember the speed, but in Wall, SD during a severe thunderstorm there was a wind so strong that the instant I opened the door the lock broke off and flew across the entire cabin. I'm guessing 60-70 mph? Of course, 60-70 mph in a forested, hilly area and a flat plain are two totally different things.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2020, 03:31:26 PM »

I remember grilling with my grandpa during 70-mph winds for my high school graduation party.  We had to grill just inside the garage, or else we couldn't maintain the coals.  When the wind blew the trash can lid down the street, I ran to go get it and could barely make it back home again—with the can lid acting like a sail.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2020, 03:36:18 PM »

Probably on Mount Washington for me.

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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2020, 04:31:20 PM »

I was once in a very impressive windstorm that actually wound up with its own Wikipedia article. A few gusts over 100 mph were reported in the area, but I don’t think it got much above 70 mph where I was.

Other than that, I’ve experienced 60-70 mph winds several times, during various thunderstorms and winter/spring cold fronts in Salt Lake.

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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2020, 06:05:28 PM »

Another thing I don't quite track. On the Northern coast of Spain sometimes a sudden gale can form, and back in August 2011 (unseasonably for them, as they usually occur in Spring and Fall) I had to endure one. In one such storm winds can exceed 60 mph. I also live in a quite windy area, and is not rare to get wind advisories.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2020, 07:10:05 PM »

March of I think it was 2018 (?) saw a massive windstorm and widespread power outages around here.
There was an 81 mph gust recorded at ROC. I have never been in anything quite like it before or since.

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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2020, 01:35:51 PM »

I don't know, but I do remember driving my car during sustained 90-mph winds when Hurricane Fran hit Durham in 1996. Some friends and I had been out at a pub and I drove back to my apartment and parked some distance away in a lot with no trees around it. Good thing I did that—the only space in my building's lot was under a tree and in the morning that tree was in the space where I would have parked.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2020, 09:37:26 AM »

90-100 mph while chasing in north-central IL in June 2016
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2020, 10:31:32 AM »

125 w/hurricane Opal. That was the 1st hurricane that scared me a little. IIRC it was a large slower mover so we were in the wind for 12 hrs?
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2020, 11:01:06 AM »

July 2010, when I lived in Fitchburg, we had a very severe t'storm roar through. Had about what I would guess was 75-85 MPH wind gusts, but I don't know officially.

Officially the hardest I've stood outside in, is, like so many others here, Mount Washington, gusting to about 60 MPH.
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Re: What's the highest wind speed you've ever encountered?
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2020, 04:57:17 PM »

I lived through Hurricane Gustav in 2008 while I lived in Baton Rouge. It had category 1 winds there, so maybe 85 mph?
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